By A. Lagerkvist
Contributing to present debates concerning the globality and mediatisation of thoughts, Media and reminiscence in New Shanghai interrogates the city's astonishing regeneration into an emergent global centre, describing how Western elites partake within the construction of recent Shanghai by means of feeling its futures and acting its futures prior.
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Probing how memories of media futures past may trigger digitization, I argue that temporal anchoring through the memory industry in Shanghai does not represent a refusal to partake in the fast-paced world (cf. Huyssen 1995). Instead, it pursues a memory of modernity where mobility is, in effect, its “natural tradition”. But the chapter concludes that visitors bring more tension to the picture by projecting their own cyberpunk/dystopian themes onto the media city, as they sometimes feel and sense that on the verges of global recognition, the city may face the potential termination of the same.
Similarly, television scholars have also been worried about the fate of memory in the age of electronic communication, and they have often claimed that television produces forgetting, not memories (cf. Heath 1990; Sturken 1997; Jameson 1998). More recently, Svetlana Boym refers to the epidemic proliferation of mediated memory products in the digital age as examples of a form of feigned nostalgia, lacking organic mnemonic qualities and hence a potential that may allow us to reflect upon our longings for a lost topoi.
The dynamics of mediated memory makes it “created when needed, driven by the connectivities of digital technologies and media and inextricably forged through and constitutive of digital social networks: in other words, a new ‘network memory’” (Hoskins 2009a: 92). Hence, the relationships between media and memory have currently become the object of renewed interest due to digitalization and the all-pervasive changes in our media environments and media use. Media have effects on how we remember, what we remember and perhaps the nature of memory itself (Garde Hansen et al.